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of conflict? do we want to look at legislation? do we want to put policies in place that allow us to defend ourselves before we get to a point where we say, i wish that teacher had it. by the time we get to that point, it was too late. >> hailey, were your surprised by the press conference? >> i have been optimistic for the official statement all week, and i have to say i was very disappointed. i think that their statement was a pretty huge disservice to their membership and all, i know wonderful members of the nra who have fantastic expertise, are very smart, are very, could be wonderful resources in this. and i really think that statement did not reflect any sort of an engaging discourse and engaging in dialogue. i was shocked at how much of a monologue it was, actually. >> and there's this emerging idea, and i think it is an emerging idea that's a hopeful idea in liberal circles, so i want to reality check it, that there's this gap between the nra and its membership. you will see this statistic on polling and about specific regulatory initiatives. and i'm just curious how much you think
into effect. that could take a painful toll on the u.s. economy. let's go to capitol hill. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is standing by with the latest. dana? >> reporter: well, wolf, the vote that the speaker calls plan b is about an hour away. we're told that republican leaders at this hour are still twisting arms, republican arms to make sure that this passes. there's a weird sense here, a weird atmosphere that things are moving fast but stalled at the same time. the fiscal cliff impasse is so surreal, democrats are resorting to movie analogies, calling republicans thelma and louise. >> rather than face the reality of what lies ahead, they hit the gas. that's what we're hearing from speaker boehner now. >> reporter: don't blame us, say the republicans, it's the president. >> he's doing everything within his power to take us over the cliff and he is set on dividing us. >> reporter: adding to the sense that congress is in an alternate universe, instead of negotiating to avert the fiscal cliff, the house will vote on the gop plan b, a bill to keep tax rates in place
's not on that face. >> i've been on that bus. >> they are just as good as gold. >> as all of us in this country were starting to see people coming out and talking about their experiences, this phenomenon, that so many of us had experienced in one way or another, and had no words for. other than adolescence, other than growing up. we finally -- people were starting to stand back and say, hold on. this isn't actually a normal part of growing up. this isn't a normal rite of passage. i think there was a moment where there was a possibility for change. and director lee hirsch and i decided to start the film out of that feeling that voices were kind of bubbling up. coming up to the surface to say this isn't something that we can accept anymore. a normal part of our culture. >> film maker cynthia loewen has followed up her award winning film by gathering essays and personal stories in "bully." hear more tonight at 10:00 on "after words" on c-span2 and more book tv online, and like us on facebook. next chiefs of staff to the governors of virginia, colorado, and oklahoma talk about the fiscal issues of their
's it for us at "the five." set the dvr for the christmas special monday at 5:00 p.m. eastern. for all of us travelling home for the holiday. have a great trip. good night, everyone. >>> this is a fox news alert. i'm john roberts in for bret baier this friday evening. president obama came out moments ago to address the fiscal cliff. saying he still thinks a deal could happen. but that now is not the time for self-inflicted wounds. this is after house speaker alternate way out didn't make it to a vote in the house. we have fox team coverage. ed henry focuses on a tale of two white houses with messaging. but first, mike emanuel looks at where the republican goes from here and what speaker boehner had to say about it today. >> after last night's unexpected withdrawal of the speaker boehner's plan "b," many hope plan "c" develops quickly. >> how we get there, god only knows. >> candid moment with house speaker boehner as talks to address the fiscal cliff yet to produce a deal. the speaker acknowledged trying to bridge the differences with the president has been difficult. >> i told the president
from hawaii. brianna keilar is traveling with the president. she's going to join us live. that's 25 minutes from now. >>> u.s. senator michael crapo s says he's deeply sorry for driving under the influence of alcohol. the republican who is also a mormon was pulled over, tested and arrested after running a red light early yesterday morning in virginia. he says he made a mistake and deal with whatever penalty he is given. >>> the u.s. navy seals are again mourning the loss of one of their own. a military official tells cnn that commander job price died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. price was a commander officer of seal team 4, that's the unit with more than two dozen members that operates in central afghanistan. the official says there's no indication at this point that price was under any investigation or involved in any controversies. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel has not been nominated as defense secretary, but members of his own party already signaling an uphill confirmation battle if he is. barbara star has more on in surprising backlash. good morning to you. i t
is at a loss. >> many of us believe on both sides of the aisle, the tax code will help us get our economy working faster and put more americans back to work and more americans with tax rules. how we get there, god only knows. >> god only knows? mr. speaker, you're supposed to know. you are supposed to lead your caucus. you clearly cannot. friday, president obama explained it this way. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. there are real world consequences to what we do here. >> ahh, but what if the goal is to do nothing? then a certain faction of the republican party is getting 100% of what they want. the republicans refusing to vote on a deal at all is their mandate because the ideological emphasis apparently shifted from politics and policy together and over to the process itself. the goal? do nothing. on purpose. bring government to its knees and drown it in a bathtub. will they do the same to our nation? with me at the table is richard kim, bob herbert, angela ride, and attorney raul rraez. wh
speaker presents us with very little option. >> it's time for the speaker to wake up to the simple reality that to deal with this national crisis we have to deal with it on a bipartisan basis. it means that he has to sit down with the president. >>> senate foreign relations holds hearings on benghazi, on the attack, but without the secretary of state. >> secretary clinton is recovering from a serious virus and concussion, and given her condition it was simply not possible for her to appear today. >> and if senator kerry ends up succeeding hillary clinton as secretary of state, could we see a hollywood star m senate? >>> president obama for secretary of defense. chick hagel is not a responsible option. >> the nation's leaders come together today to say farewell to hawaii senator dan yet inoyhe. >> he was in every sense the quintessential american. he possessed every virtue that we like to ascribe. >> i'm andrea mitchell. that was a rare honor for danny inyohe. he is only the 31st person in history to lie in state in the rotunda. we expect to hear today from speaker john boehner. very shortl
the cliff. that's where senate majority leader harry reid says we're headed. can washington save us with just five days to go? >>> plus, a proposal to give guns to school principals is gaining support. we're "outfront" with an arizona sheriff who's backing that plan. >>> and the 2012 election was all about viral videos, tonight we're counting down our favorite political video of the year. let's go "outfront." >>> i'm john avalon in for erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a stark warning from capitol hill. senate majority leader harry reid says we're all headed for fiscal disaster. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives, as we speak, with four days left before the first of the year, aren't here. >> we're now told the house will finally return to work on sunday. now, that's december 30th. in other words, less than 48 hours before we go over the fiscal cliff. meanwhile, president obama cut his hawaii vacation short to return to washington today. but has he been working on a deal? "outfront" tonight, reports fro
restrictions and signs of a possible shift in public attitudes, about access to the weapons like the rifle used in connecticut, the national rifle association instead called for putting more armed security officers in the nation's schools. the. >> the onlying that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: the nra's wayne la pierre says children in most schools are defenseless because the schools proclaim to be places without guns. >> they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> reporter: he took no questions from reporters but was interrupted by protesters. >> shame on the nra! >> reporter: la pierre tried to anticipate criticism tham having more guns is not the answer. >> why is the idea of a gun good when it is used to protect the president of our country? or our police? but bad when it is used to protect our children in our schools? >> reporter: gun control advocates say the nra's idea won't be effective. they note would armed security officers could not stop the columbine shooting in 1999.
the first responders or police. we don't know that either. authorities do tell us they have taken into custody some people they think have knowledge of the situation, so they're trying to figure out how this bizarre scenario unfolded, if this was a trap. the police chief did say in the press conference that of course there will be questions about whether or not an assault rifle was used. he said at this point he does not know and he doesn't know if it was one gun or multiple guns. this is still very much developing, but a tragedy on christmas eve. >> absolutely. thanks, poppy harlow in new york. just as i said, i realize knowing so little, we didn't know if it was a man or a woman. we'll continue to follow that. >>> to texas, two people have died after a car chase ended in a shootout. the pursuit started after a bel air texas police officer tried to pull over a driver who refused to stop. the chase ended up in an auto parts business parking lot where police say the driver shot and killed the officer. and also a bystander. the driver is listed in critical condition at the hospital.
understands that we have a responsibility to use american power wisely, especially our military power. and he knows, from personal experience, that when we send our troops into harm's way, we must give them the sound strategy, a clear mission, and the resources that they need to get the job done. in an extraordinarily distinguished senate career and as chairman of the foreign relations committee, john has played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years. as we turn the page on a decade of war, he understands that we've got to harness all elements of american power and ensure that they're working together-- diplomatic and development, economic and political, military and intelligence-- as well as the power of our values which inspire so many people around the world. he is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training. he has earned the respect and trust of his senate colleagues, democrats and republicans. i think it's fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers, or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as john kerry. and this makes
to take place in the next two days. >> leigh, all of us are aware of the fact that most people at the top of fortune 500 companies look at these clowns saying, you know, this is ridiculous. you couldn't run any business from a variety store to whatever the way -- where they try to run the country. is there any immediate impact on the markets next week with their inability to get anything done? >> yes. i mean, i think that's where we're going to see the biggest impact by far. i mean, yes, the payroll tax will take effect. that will be one of the most immediate things we see. but even that, it takes two weeks to adjust your paychecks. you know, we'll spend most of the time with the tax cuts, repairing, restoring, trying to solve that with some triage. the market doesn't care about any of that stuff. the market response is going to be psychological. it's going to be dramatic. it's going to be huge because there's been all this pent-up -- the other thing is the market was expecting a deal for a very long time. the market was pricing in a deal. how could we not reach this? how would that even
, as you can imagine, absolutely devastated by a horrendous act that so many of us are just now coming to grips with. it could have happened in any corner of our country and now people all over the country, from coast to coast, offering a messages of support. >> we understand the power of prayer as what it is. we know that we can intercede for people. we don't have to be there. we can be right here and make an impact. people say e-mail travels fast. prayer travels faster. >> i hope and pray for those families, for that town, that city, that state, that they can somehow get through. >> i kept thinking over and over again, this could be my kid. this could be my kid. and i just felt like there is not much i can do from here action but i felt like i have to say something. >> we're showing that we -- they have our support. >> 1,000 miles away. >> the distance is almost irrelevant, that we are all just children of god and when a grievance like this and a tragedy like this hits, we're all one. >> i didn't know them or anything, but my heart just goes out and i think it's important to pray for
to all agree with every law that is passed. i don't agree with the laws that restrict contraception use now being put forth in different states around the country. i feel like those infringe on my rights as well. >> nothing infringes on your rights. >> you don't have to work at hobby lobby. economicception is an check issue for many women. >> this is about forcing the employer to give it to you for free. >> happy new. >> sean: and we continue to monitor here on the fox news channel america on the brink. the latest on the fiscal cliff. let not your heart be troubled. that is all the time we have left but greta is standing by >> juliet: wake up, everybody, it's saturday, december 29th. i'm juliet huddy. down to the wire for a fiscal cliff deal. and is it mitch mcconnell to the rescue. live in washington on the 11th hour negotiations. >> and did you know about to fall off the dairy cliff? >> juliet: have you seen the prices? >> dave: as high as 8 bucks a gallon for milk. >> clayton: oak ridge boys bush. special number tribute for number 41. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> am i wrong a
to play the blame game. this is about to put us over the edge. >> perry, i want to start with you. if perception is reality and the blame is going to matter to somebody, which side is it really going to matter to? ivities the blame is on both sides. what's driven this whole process is republicans are very opposed to -- just the republicans who will vote for any tax increase. we learned last week from the plan b vote. once we go over the cliff, republicans are ready for a tax cut, not an increase. right now that's what the big challenge is. >> chip, is that the biggest strategy here, get to the third and pass the third, the new congress comes in, boehner danger doesn't exist anymore, his speakership stays in place and grover norquist gives a thumbs up to up? >> i don't think that was the strategy a week ago. i think the speaker was trying to put the deal together, as we've seen the senate not -- i think that may become the strategy. i've always thought they would wait until the last hour, put a band eight on it, but wait until the iii so they can vote for a tax cut makes sense as w
, but like a bird, really beautiful. i used to say, mom, why didn't you try to get a career as a singer? no, she said she was too shy. she couldn't do it. and i'm basically shy too, but that makes the difference. how do you succeed if you don't try? >> how did you feel when your mother died? did you feel that you had reconciled things with her? >> basically, yeah. little -- a short time before she died, i remember going to her house -- and she had alzheimer's. she didn't recognize me really. but i started to sing her a melody of something she had sung when she was younger, and that she remembered, and it just shoeds y shows you the power of music, doesn't it? >> what was it you sang? do you remember? >> it was something that she made a record of when i was 13 and she took me, but it was really because she made the records, and i was able to make a record when i was 13. >> do you think she was proud of you? >> you know what it was? i used to say, ma, how come you never told me i love you? you never said those words or really hugged me. she said, i didn't want you to get a swelled head. she s
what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more stress. >>> the biggest concession from the speaker has been backing off his pledge not to raise
problem. he's saying what's worse. what he is saying is use blackmail on the entire economy like a gangster. pity if it happens to blow up. not increasing the debt ceiling -- >> already did that before. they have done it before. >> they have. >> and will do it again. >> frankly, that is obnoxious beyond belief. the president should not concede or negotiate on that basis at all. >> the president is adamant on the fact that's not a part of this conversation. >> it cannot be a part of any conversation. the debt ceiling is not a question of borrowing more. you determine how much deficit you will have passing the budget two, three, four years ago. >> correct. >> to say you won't raise the debt ceiling is to say you're not going to pay the bills and wreck the economy. increasing the debt ceiling is not optional. we have raised it 77 times since world war ii. seven times in the bush administration. there's always been a demagogue ri but never until last year an attempt to hold the country hostage and the reason in the crisis with the fiscal cliff now is because that's a consequence of t
leventhal joins us live from newtown with the latest on that investigation. rick? >> reporter: megyn, you may have heard paul vance say there were moving vans, collecting furniture of the classroom other equipment from the school so it can be moved to another school, chalk hill elementary in monroe, connecticut. that is where the sandy hook kids who survived the shooting will attend classes later this week. he mentioned about all the broken hearts in the community and how important it is to conduct the investigation thoroughly and this is last press briefing that we expect to get for some time as they look into motives and what happened here and why. police told us they're holding two crime scenes indefinitely and where nancy lanza lived and where she died after he shot her multiple times. sandy hook is still a crime scene that is where six adults and 20 children were killed. they recovered significant evidence from the home that apparently includes one computer and telephones and other electronic evidence they will be searching through. they're interviewing every single witness. that wil
, and residents are telling us they felt surrounded. >> and when it come down, we looked and everything seemed green like it was popped off transformers left and right. we heard a noise, and then all of a sudden i took off and off and started walking down here. >> i prayed to god as loud as i could and, i was just praying for my safety. i knew that the truck was knew the truck was shaking. i just prayed that the truck stay put and that god would protect me. jamie: a lot of praying going on in that part of the country. they're used to this kind of weather, but just not now. mother nature is also taking a toll on the midwest. take a look at this, snow and ice-covered roads have forced residents to stay indoors. they're patiently waiting for the storm to pass, at least we hope so. news extreme weather center. i'm surprised, maria when we look at video how many people are on the roads. that's crazy. >> stay home today. stay home with your families if you don't have to go to work. those conditions are dangerous not just across the midwest but as we head later tonight and during evening rush and ove
joe" from washington. live with us here, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein, executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and "time" magazine senior political analyst and "way too early" talent -- he was just extraordinary -- mark halperin. mark, you were just -- you were extraordinary. >> no one told me there's no net in that job. >> there is no net. he was great. who could turn the world on with a smile? i mean, mark halperin could, al hunt. >> throwing his hat in the air. >> we need to toss his hat in the air. sam stein has no idea what we're talking about. >> zero. >> so depressed. not a "seinfeld" reference, the greatest series of all time. al hunt, al, this is -- i'm at a loss what's going on in washington. i mean, we can all assign blame. i, right now, am especially curious with what's going through my party's mind on the fiscal cliff. but what -- why the breakdown? you know, if you're a republican, you say, i'll raise taxes. you have crossed the line. you h
that. >> why was it you what sunday morning, of all the people in government, why the u.s. ambassador to the united nations answering questions about the attack on benghazi. >> it wasn'ta unusual, i have done sunday shows many times in the past. secretary clinton had originally been asked by most of the networks to go on. she had had an incredibly grueling week dealing with the protests around the middle east and north africa that it envol lopped our embassy. she consoled the whole state department and greet the families and the boths. she declined to do it. and i was asked by the who is if i would do it, as the next senior american diplomat. >> would it have been a whole different thing if hillary clinton had done those shows that day or would there still have been a fight over susan rice? >> we can't know, it's impossible to know if something else would have come up and she would have found herself answering for this controversy in other ways. i do think that we saw when susan rice went to capitol hill and attempted to make peace, not only with the senators who seemed set against he
the fiscal cliff? >>> a dangerous winter storm roaring across the eastern half of the u.s. bringing blizzard conditions and travel nightmares. plus, the nra's controversial proposal to put armed volunteers in every school, we'll go in-depth with the man in charge of the national school shield program. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." the u.s. is now just six days away from the so-called fiscal cliff. and a mad scramble is on here in washington to avoid the drastic tax hikes and spending cuts that many fear will plunge the economy back into recession. president obama flies back from hawaii tonight to be ready if the senate comes back with a plan when it returns to work tomorrow. and house leaders are huddling with members on stand-by to return. senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following all of it for us. what are you hearing? >> there was a conference call of course members of the house leadership even, they're back in their districts, but there was a conference call today among those house republican leaders trying to figure out if and when the house should come
, is there anything that's going to avert getting us over -- going over the cliff, and the oddsmakers in washington really feel at this point, probably not, we're probably going over that cliff, john. >> that is not cheerful news, jessica. >> sorry. >> dana, what are you hearing? we just reported earlier that senators reid and mcconnell, they just met, but now they're saying, it wasn't about the fiscal cliff. what else is there to talk about? >> reporter: no. i think we know exactly what their new year's eve plans will be, we're going to be right here. senator reid himself said that they did not discuss that. and it seems to be that that is an indication, at least to republicans here on capitol hill, that it is the president's move next to make more clear what jessica is talking about. that the president has said publicly, he wants to do as kind of that stopgap, scaled down version. in fact, mitch mcconnell himself said in the hallway, just moments ago, that he does expect to go to the white house, as jessica just alluded to. he expects to do that tomorrow. they haven't gotten a formal invitation t
the dangers and backlash is the program director assa hutchinson. thank you for joining us. one of the thing that struck me is there was no mention of any gun control in favor or in opposition, so i wanted to get you on the record. will the nra oppose any attempt to put new gun laws in place? >> well, that's a separate debate. my responsibility is school safety, and i think that's where the debate should center. we've got to act in a very urgent fashion to protect the children. my responsibility is to convene a high-level panel of experts to develop a model program for schools and new tools to use to protect our children. one of those options should be armed guards who are trained, but that should be an option for the schools. one of the tools that they can utilize, but that's the debate. it shouldn't be on new legislation as much as it should be on what to do to protect our children in school safety. that's my focus. >> debate, as you know, has a way of shaping itself, and you are working for the nra. so i'm trying to find out if there's anything in terms of gun contr control. we know what'
downgrade the u.s. credit rating if congress cannot reach a deal. some lawmakers are angling for the best political outcountry. >> when i listen to the president, i think he's eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs, gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years, and he gets to blame republicans for it. implts joining me are off and on johnson and cheryl from rollcal. is the president rooting, planning for going over the cliff? >> i don't think so. >> and then let's remember, the president will give a lot of and the he does not want to be known as the president who failed to get the economy roaring again. >> it seems like that amounts to very little. >> and that's exactly the problem. the statement that senator into razzo made yesterday i had been hearing for months. they simply do not believe there's any way out of this where they won't look like the scapegoat. i think they clearly think that if -- if we do go over the cliff, that they will be blamed for it. i've had some privately tell me that
. multiple firemen shot. i am shot. i think he used an assault rifle. >> just days after the deadly shooting in newtown, connecticut, the fight over gun rights and mental health treatment rages on. >>> getting nowhere fast, the winter storm system that spawned tornados across the south on christmas is now heading east, bringing with it blizzard conditions and travel misery for many. the highs and lows of 2012, a look back at some of the most memorable presidential moments of this election year. >>> president obama and senate members will be here in washington tomorrow, but we'll be hearing crickets on the house floor. nbc news has learned the republican leadership has not given representatives the 48-hour notice to return to work, another sign of inaction on the fiscal cliff front. joining me now for our daily fix, mr. jonathan capehart, msnbc contributor and "washington post" editorial writer. jonathan, we're just six days away, no indication from house republicans that they are going to come back any time soon. the leadership has gone mum on that. we know there's not been communication bet
. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the center of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. who is answering questions for the first time since the shooting. i want to get right to it. welcome back to the program. >> you promised that the nra would offer meaningful contributions to make sure this never happened again. this was your message. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,0
things that i did wrong. >> that's all for now. i'm lester holt. thanks for joining us. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest running television program, this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >> good sunday morning. it's been nine days since the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut and the debate over gun control has been revived. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the ten ter of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a diffe
holt. thanks for joining us. >>> from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press," with david gregory. >> good sunday morning, time is nearly up before we go over the so-called fiscal cliff. senate leaders spent the weekend working on a last-ditch deal and the house comes back today for a rare sunday night session. yesterday afternoon, in an exclusive interview, president obama sat down with me in the blue room of the white house. to discuss the way forward and his priorities for a second term. >> mr. president, welcome back to "meet the press." >> great to be here, thank you. >> the obvious question -- are we going over the fiscal cliff? >> well, i think we're going to find out in the next 48 hours what congress decides to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. because it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended and they're all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight, december 31st, if
, unemployment would continue to tick down, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. and if people start seeing that on january 1st this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the kind of deficit reduction that we could have had, had the republicans been willing to take the deal that i gave them, if they say that people's taxes have gone up, which means consumer spending is going to be depressed, then obviously that's going to have an adverse reaction on the markets. >> what about automatic spending cuts? those take effect january 1st as well. do they have to be part of this deal? you've got half of those cuts in defense alone. >> well, the other part of the fiscal cliff is congress agreed that they would cut an additional $1.2 trillion in spending. they put a committee together to try to come up with those numbers. they didn't figure out how to do it. and so what we now have is a situation where these automatic spending cuts go into place. now, if we have raised some revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit mor
continue to tick down, housing would continue to improve. but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. and if people start seeing that on january 1st, this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the kind of deficit reduction that we could have had, had the republicans been willing to take the deal that i gave them, if they say that people's taxes have gone up, which means consumer spending is going to be depressed, then obviously that's going to have an adverse reaction on the markets. >> what about automatic spending cuts? those take effect january 1st as well. do they have to be part of this deal? you've got half of those cuts in defense alone. >> well, the other part of the fiscal cliff is congress agreed that they would cut an additional $1.2 trillion in spending. they put a committee together to try to come up with those numbers. they didn't figure out how to do it. and so what we now have is a situation where these automatic spending cuts go into place. now if we have raised some revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit mor
international markets and u.s. markets say you have to do something but they're not talking so a lot going on with no discussions between the white house and the speaker's office. >> excellent. >> washington, d.c. at work. >> well, i do want to go off the cliff. not nobody. >> you're on tv and not the halls in congress here. you have much more of a voice there. you can have more of an opportunity to shape the discussions. >> sometimes things work out the way they're supposed to. go, wiz. >> can you say that? >> we'll bring in dana mill bank. you heard from luke said there. what's going on in the republican caucus right now? we had all the stories of john boehner, how he had eric cantor backing him now, he has the caucus under control. they were chastened by the electoral results. now it looks like we're having a replay of 2011. the president gave pretty significant concessions here. i have to say social security benefit cuts are very hard for a lot of democrats, myself included, to swallow and yet it looks like boehner still can't get the caucus to come along. so, what's going on there wit
, but the regime surrounded it completely cutting us off from the world, nothing was allowed in and out. even water and bread was cut off. today we obtained dough. >> reporter: they were able to open a bakery around 1:00 p.m., and the rockets struck just hours later. as nearby hospitals quickly filled up, activists began pleading for help. >> we are joined by the reporter from beirut. this looks crazy. it looks crazy to me. do we know who is responsible for this? >> reporter: suzanne, it is absolutely horrific, and just so many grizzly details started to emerge in the hours after the attack. now, the residents in that town that we spoke with said that they believed they were targeted because that town had been liberated by the free syrian army because there's a lot of anti-regime sentiment there. they believe they were targeted deliberately by the syrian regime. syria's government, however, today posted a statement on their syrian news agency website in which they blamed this on the actions of terrorists. that's the terminology they use for rebel fighters, opposition fighters in syria. they say tha
of us who call the gulf home. >>> from nbc >>> from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good sunday morning. time is nearly up before we go over the so-called fiscal cliff. senate leaders spent the weekend working on a last-ditch deal, and the house comes back for a rare sunday night session. yesterday afternoon in an exclusive interview, president obama sat down with me in the blue room of the white house to discuss the way forward and his priorities for a second term. >>> mr. president, welcome back to "meet the press." >> great to be here. thank you. >> the obvious question, are we going to go over the fiscal cliff? >> we'll find out in the next 48 hours what congress will decide to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended, and they are all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight december 31, if congress do
. joining us now from the capitol is nbc's luke russert. how are you doing? >> ari, how are you, sir? good to see you in the chair. >> nice to see you. let's go right to it. when speaker boehner says it's now up to the president, what does that mean to you, and how does that basically intersect with the reporting you did last night showing this was a real tough conference meeting? >> well, it's interesting. it's what is the path forward from here, ari, and to be quite frank with you, nobody necessarily knows that. there are a few options here. does the negotiations between president obama and speaker john boehner continue, and perhaps he brings up legislation on the house floor that does not have a majority of the house gop conference? probably not going to do that. i have been informed that they would like to have a sort of basement of 120 votes before they put anything on the floor. >> let me stop you right there, because that's such an important point. what you are saying is they're still committed to basically the hastert rule that they need a majority of majority of republicans. >> as
lives. this will be a bar. this is the perfect use of an area that would otherwise be wasted space. the heavy lifting is over, and now it is time for the fun stuff. this room is about to come alive. hard to believe this is the same remedy started in five hours ago. -- the same room we started in five hours ago. i am absolutely thrilled with the way it came out. i am going to take you on a tour. basically, the way we opened up this whole space was to bring the television and the sofa more into the middle of the room, and that left some pockets where we could do some other things. have you ever seen a television this big? it is clearly the rock star of the room. it is 80 inches. one thing to do with it is to flank it with these bookshelves. there is plenty of room for them to put all of their games away. your kids should not really be hanging out at a bar, but a computer bar is a perfect place for them to get their work done. the television was there, but it is like a black hole, so this is a good focal point at the end of this long room. at the end of the day, i just wanted to creat
plans over and over again, the democrats used to support and now they won't. i don't want taxes to go up. republicans don't want taxes to go up. we only run the house. democrats continue to run washington. what the president has proposed so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem. he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy and he simply won't deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues facing our country. we need significant spending cuts and real tax reform to address our long-term debt problem and pave the way for long-term growth and real growth in jobs in our country. we'll continue to work with our colleagues in the house and the senate on a plan that protects families and small businesses from the fiscal cliff. >> i think we saw last night yet the next chapter in this saga of trying to resolve the situation of the fiscal cliff. it is clear that our conference has been consistent in its commitment to doing something about the spending problem in washington and the mounting debt that has resulted. we stand ready to continue in
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